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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Ancient History

Undergraduate Course: Dress and Society in the Ancient World (ANHI10045)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAncient History Other subject areaClassical Art/Classical Archaeology
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will introduce students to the way dress reflected a multitude of identities (e.g. gender, ethnicity, wealth and legal status) in the Roman Empire, and will show how dress behaviour can be analysed to answer social and cultural-historical questions. Students will use mainly written and pictorial primary sources and will analyse debates and developments surrounding dress in modern classical and anthropological scholarship.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pass in a 1st or 2nd Level course in Ancient History, Classical Art and Archaeology, or Archaeology.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History or Classical Art/Archaeology) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate in session discussions, essays and in the written degree examination that they have acquired the following specific academic competences:
? an understanding of the wide variety of dress styles worn in the various parts of the Roman Empire
? an understanding of the uses of evidence of dress behaviour for ancient historians, particularly in the realm of social and cultural structures and processes
? the ability not just to describe, but to analyse dress behaviour and what it tells us about the wearer in terms of individual and group identity
? familiarity with comparable examples from the modern period and the advantages and disadvantages of the comparative approach to classical study
? an understanding of the variety of identity groups an inhabitant of the Roman Empire could belong to
In addition, they should be able to demonstrate, that they have acquired the following specific transferable skills:
? the ability to compare a wide range of different source types (written, pictorial and artefactual)
? an understanding of the specific challenges presented by the nature of specific types of sources and the quantities in which they are available
? the ability to gather material independently on a given topic and organise it into a coherent set of data
? skills in working through complex theoretical problems
? skills in contributing to group discussions and oral argument
? evaluating different approaches to and explanations of material, and making critical choices between them
? expressing ideas and arguments clearly
? and organising their own learning, managing their workload and working to a timetable
They should also have developed their general competences as follows, and be able to demonstrate them by the means stated above:
? general historical understanding
? general appreciation of portrait art
? general analytical skills
Assessment Information
Students will be required to submit one individual essay of 3000 words and will sit a 2-hour Degree Examination. The Essay will count as 40% of the final grade; the Examination as 60%.

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
Students will be required to submit one individual essay of 3000 words and will complete a Take-Home Examination. The Essay will count as 40% of the final grade; the Examination as 60%.
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserDr Ursula Rothe
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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